Teresa Berger is a Professor of Liturgical Studies and Thomas E. Golden Jr. Professor of Catholic Theology at Yale. She is the editor, most recently, of Full of Your Glory: Liturgy, Cosmos, Creation (Liturgical Press, 2019), and author of @ Worship: Liturgical Practices in Digital Worlds (Routledge, 2018). She has also written extensively on liturgy and gender. 

Asking for Forgiveness

How do we ask for forgiveness authentically? What is needed for the sound of our asking to ring true, and deeply so? (I remember a spectacularly naïve request for forgiveness I received a few years ago, and I still cringe in pain). One thing I do know: being able to say, straightforwardly, the words “forgive me” is a step in the right direction. The simple words say so much more than “I am sorry.” For one, “forgive me” voices a direct request to another, who by these two words is rendered visible as the one who has been wronged.

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